Gendarmenmarkt, photo: Michael Setzpfandt

December is upon us, degrees are dropping down and Berlin winter has come. Even if we haven’t had any snow yet, we can feel it in the air: it’s almost Christmas markets season!

Even when it comes to Christmas events, Berlin has style and originality. If you were thinking that Christmas markets in this city are just about drinking smoking hot glühwein, eating “ich-liebe-dich”- gingerbread hearts or thousand different chocolate delicacies, you are wrong. The Berlin Christmas events have so much more to offer! To help you experience the Berlin Christmas season, we have created a 2018 Christmas Markets’ guide of the best and unconventional markets to visit in December. Berlin’s just as versatile as you might have expected – you’ll find a few traditional markets, some really design-oriented events, and even a Christmas film festival. Have a look! Finding the perfect Christmas gift it is not going to be demanding and boring anymore.

Naughty Xmas Market

Are you in for another kind of Christmas market? This one is not necessarily recommended to be visited with your parents. If your friends or preferably your spouse or tinder date announced that they will most likely boycott going to any Christmas market this year, the Naughty Xmas Market will come in handy for you. While getting a bit tipsy on Glühwein, enjoy strolling along their delicious booths packed with a careful selection of erotic goods, within an open-minded and pleasant circle of people. If you are lacking inspiration on what sexy gift to get your partner, here you will find more than enough… input 😉

7.12.2018, 18-22h
8.12.2018, 18-22h
9.12.2018, 13-22h
Admission: 5 EUR

X LANE , Reichenbergerstrasse 154, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

Sameheads 2nd Hand Xmas Market 

On the 8th of December, the well-known Neukölln bar “Samehead” is organizing a Xmas market, but in its special way: with a clothing market. A selection of designers and stylists will be selling you secondhand wares and clothes, with an emphasis on the wow factor. In the meanwhile, while choosing the best vintage Christmas present to buy, you can obviously enjoy Glühwein or the Sameheads favourite Hot Apple Whiskey & Cinnamon.

8.12.2018, 14-20h

Admission: Free

Sameheads: Richardstr. 10, 12043 Berlin- Neukölln

 

Mercado Navideño

Whoever cannot stand Berlin low temperatures and Berlin greyness, but dreams of Latin America and of something more “caliente” for a weekend, should visit the unique Latin American Christmas Market at Osthafen, the area on the Spree between the S-Bahn stations Treptower Park and Ostkreuz.  The Mercado Navideño is the perfect place to warm you up, where carefully selected food trucks will be ready to serve you tasty culinary menus while art exhibitors will be ready to propose you their best pieces of ceramics, wood, jewelery, textiles and much more. Kids are invited too: the market will not lack exciting lectures by Santa Claus himself and obviously, the famous Latin American piñata!

8.12.2018, 12-20h
9.12.2018, 12-20h

Osthafen Berlin: Alt-Stralau 1-2 10245 Berlin

 

Klunkerkranich Christmas Market 

Klunkerkranich’s team is always on point and this season are obviously coming back, organizing the (probably) “higher” christmas festival you can get in Berlin. From the rooftop of the Neukölln Arcaden, the gates for christmasenthusisasts will be open for all advent weekends. While enjoying the city lights from above, you can shop creative and unusual gifts having a wide selection of delicious food – from homemade pizza, hearty dumplings, to the refined Quesadilla. However, to get in the traditional mood for Christmas, the all-time classics will be obviously included: glühwine, apple punch and why not- a special cocktail menu. Moreover, Klunkerkranich organizes every Sunday the “Kranichküchen”, a special children-programme with cinema, puppet´s theater and children disco.  A colorful program with live concerts, dancing and Christmas delicacies is waiting for you all!

30.11.18 / 01.12.18 / 02.11.18
07.12.18 / 08.12.18 / 09.12.18
14.12.18 / 15.12.18 / 16.12.18
21.12.18 / 22.12.18 / 23.12.18

Admission:
Until 14h free entrance.
From 14h to 16h: 1€
From 16h on (performances/concerts/etc.): between 3-5€

Klunkerkranich: Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln

 

 

Heissa Holzmarkt

Your favourite spot at the Spree will get magical for the Christmas season! The Holzmarkt is striking again this Christmas with its “Heissa Holzmarkt Winter Market”, in which Glühwein, DJs and delicious food are not going to be missed at all. For all the advent weekends, the Holzmarkt will become a cozy Christmas fairytale hut with not only markets but also exhibitions, shows, performances and food stalls, serving a large choice of food and drinks.

The “Heissa Holzmarkt” is also child-friendly: you can drop in at the Holzmarkt with you children on Sundays, where they would be enjoying a huge indoor playground, fairytales readings. Regardless if you are looking for a nice christmas present or if you just want to enjoy a different weekend, the Heissa Holzmarkt is very recommended.

30.11.18 / 01.12.18 / 02.11.18
07.12.18 / 08.12.18 / 09.12.18
14.12.18 / 15.12.18 / 16.12.18
21.12.18 / 22.12.18 / 23.12.18
Fridays: 16-22h
Saturdays and Sundays: 14-22h

Admission: free

Holzmarkt25: Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin

 

 

Markthalle Christmas Market

Our favourite farmer’s market in Kreuzberg is turning into a cozy Christmas market – each Friday and Saturday – all advent season long! Venture on a treasure trove at the Markthalle to find the perfect gift: a careful selection of crafted handmade products by small, young manufactories will be showcased, as well as everything for your Christmas table or your celebrations. Whether charcuterie or champagne, ceramics or tin toys, the Markthalle is not going to leave you empty-handed.

30.11.2018 / 01.12.2018 / 07.12.2018
08.12.2018 / 14.12.2018 / 15.12.2018
16.12.2018 (Merry Breakfast Market 10am-4pm)
21.12.18 / 22.12.18.
Fridays: 12–18h
Saturdays: 10–18h

Admission: free

Markthalle Neun: Eisenbahnstraße 42, 10997 Berlin

 

Weihnachtsmarkt at Schloss Belvedere

Schloss Belvedere is inviting you to celebrate Christmas with them and  join many holiday enthusiasts on their traditional christmas market! Fans of historic christmas markets will appreciate the beautifully decorated Bassin, that is surrounded by many local manufacturers, whose goods will get you in the mood for christmas. Children will be delighted to receive gifts from angels and share their biggest wish with Santa Clause, who magically appears from time to time.

30.11.2018, 15 – 21h
01.12.2018, 11 – 19h
02.12.2018, 11 -19h

Admission: 4,50 € (3,50€ reduction)

Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg: Am Pfingstmarkt, 14469 Potsdam

 

 

Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt

This massive Christmas market located in the heart of Berlin-Mitte is more like a spectacle of sorts. Here you can find manufacturers from all over the world, bringing their handcrafted art and culinary delicacies to Berlin (which you can often sample—so come on an empty stomach).
This annual market attracts many tourists, but also brings the Christmas spirit to Berlin; with it’s giant Christmas tree, daily plays, elaborate decorations and concerts. So if you’re looking for the traditional, family-style market experience, Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is a must-see, presenting you with a picturesque welcome for the holidays.

26.11. 2018 – 31.12.2018, 11 – 22h,
24.12. 2018 until 18h,
31.12. 2018 until 1h

Admission: 1€ for the stage program & charity, free from Mon to Fri 11-14h, (except for 25.12.2018 and 26.12.2018).

Gendarmermarkt 10117 Berlin

 

Holy Shit Shopping

Passing through Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin, this Christmas design platform combines cool lifestyle products, like jewelry, accessories, furniture, art, photography, literature and delicacies, all set to the beats of nice music at Arena Berlin. With some relaxed beats in the background, a tasty drink in your hand and some street food to enjoy, you could not only escape the Christmas stress with style, but also find the coolest Christmas gift you could think of.

8.12.2018, 12-21h
9.12.2018, 12-20h

Admission: 5€

ARENA BERLIN: Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin

 

Weihnachtsrodeo – Berlin´s Indoor Designweihnachtsmarkt

Weihnachtsrodeo (the “Christmas Rodeo”) is back in its 10th year, featuring over 180 exhibitors in fashion, street-food, jewelry, design and art. This year, for the first time, the design market will be at Kühlhaus. In the past, the brick building of 1901 was used mainly for art exhibitions and fashion fairs. Now the five floors and over 3500 square meters are being staged for the first time as an indoor Christmas market with designers, street food, and music!

1.12. 2018 / 2.12. 2018
8.12. 2018 / 9.12. 2018
15.12. 2018 / 16.12. 2018
12-20h

Kühlhaus Berlin: Luckenwalderstr. 3, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

Christmas Film Festival 

At the Moviemento Cinema in Kreuzberg, you’ll get to experience all sorts of Christmas spirits thanks to the Germany’s first Weihnachtsfilmfestival (Christmas Film Festival). Contributions from over 25 countries will be offering an alternative, unique film program. Christmas fan and Christmas Grinch-es are both welcome! The best short film will also be awarded. It is going to be a proper party!

21.12. 2018 18-22.30h
22.12. 2018 16-22.45h
23.12. 2018 16-22.30h
24.12. 2018 14.30-21h

Admission:

Single ticket: 9 € / reduced 8 € / Berlin Pass: 5 €
Short Film Day 21.12. (3 Short Film Programmes): 21 €
5 Tickets Combo: 30 € (only available in the cinema)
You can buy tickets online or directly at Moviemento Kino. For ticket reservation please call the Moviemento box office: +49 (0) 30 6924785

Kino Moviemento: Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

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